BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota State University-Moorhead women's basketball (12-3; 3-0 NSIC) team outscored Bemidji State (3-12; 0-3 NSIC) by a 28-6 margin in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take an 18-point advantage (35-17) into the locker room as the Dragons went on to hand the Beavers their third conference loss of the season 70-38.
The Dragon defense held BSU to a season-low 28.3 percent from the floor and held the team to its lowest scoring output since Southwest Minnesota State stymied the BSU offense for 30 points Feb. 23, 2001.
Serena Nalls (St. Paul, Minn.) got BSU on the board first hitting the Beavers' first jumpers of the game, but the lead would be short-lived as the MSU-Moorhead scored the next six points unanswered and would not trail again.
MSU-Moorhead shot 47.8 percent (22-46) in the game outscoring the Beavers 20-7 at the line.
Maggie Gernbacher (Bloomington, Minn.) paced the Beavers totaling 15 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Freshman Stephanie Peterson crashed the glass for a game-high seven boards.
The Dragons were led by Dana Weibel and Allison Swenson who each collected 12 points. Jenny Thon grabbed a team-high six rebounds as MSUM pulled down a 38-32 rebounding edge.
BSU is now 3-12 on the season and 0-3 in NSIC play marking the first time since 2001 that the Beavers have posted three consecutive losses to kick-off the conference season. The team will be back in action again tomorrow (Jan. 15) when it welcomes Northern State University to the BSU Gymnasium for a 6:00 p.m. NSIC tilt.